Where the hell has Jimmy been?

Gads, where have I not been?

Actually, that’s a no brainer. I haven’t been anywhere. I’ve been here in Glasgow tinkering away at a few things. Planning things. Scheming things. Attempting to make things. Not making things that really worked out. Drinking. Considering the lilies. Starting from scratch. You know, the sort of thing you do between big projects.

However, I now have some big projects that I’m going to announce… pretty much right now.

Big Project #1

I’ve decided its been too long since I released anything of note (the last thing being 2009’s In The New Year EP), so this year I want to make another record. I don’t have any money or a band to do so, sadly. Instead, I’m going to record a LoFi acoustic record in my house, tour behind that, make a little money then use that to fund a proper record. So there!

Big Project #2

Do you remember that awesome web show I used to have, Pure Tunes? Yeah, its coming back. I even have a production team AND a business plan. Two things I definitely didn’t have last year. I also don’t have a dissertation to write, so chances are this will last a lot longer, too!

Big Project #3

I decided that I’ve spent too long being a general slob and I’m going to get in shape. In the hopes that people will make sure I keep this promise, I’ve started a running blog over on Tumblr called “The Loneliness Of The Middle Distance Jimmy“. Yes, its a Belle & Sebastien reference.

That’s pretty much the be all and end all right now. I’m still making videos, still playing shows, and still angry at pretty much everything. The only difference is that now I have other stuff to keep me busy.

Stuff I really hope you all like!

You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You

The first of many cover songs I’ll be making over the next few months. This one as requested by Guitarsex69. Got a request? Leave it in the comments.

Shot and recorded in one take using an SE 2000 Condenser Microphone and Cubase LE 4. No pitch correction software was used in the making of this video (even though it bloody well needs some!) Continue reading

A Couple of Drinking Songs – How it happened…

Over the last few months, I have produced a collection of songs based loosely on the surreal events occurring on a night out in Glasgow. The collection, entitled “A Couple of Drinking Songs”, was written by me over the course of 3 weeks, then recorded and produced between the studios at University Campus Ayr and my own home studio in Glasgow. The tracks produced as part of this project would act as demos for a full length album to be released later in the year. What follows is a critical account of the writing and production process, from the initial stimulus to the finished product. Continue reading

The Punks Are Writing Love Songs…

It’s that time of year. By the time you read this post, I’ll be sitting my last assessment as a third year music student (and mentally preparing myself to get mildly inebriated afterwards). Summer is almost upon us, and what better way to usher it in than with a healthy dose of gorgeous twee pop?

So to celebrate this auspicious occasion, and to comiserate the last project to be recorded at Sabotage in Ayr before it closes up shop, my band, The Awkward Turtle, will be releasing this lovely little number:

That’s right, a mini EP full of Tullycraft songs. Neat, eh?

The EP will be released next monday from our bandcamp page for FREE! That’s right, FREE! With capitalisation for good measure! So feel free to download, burn, distribute and/or destroy as you please!

And, as a little teaser, here’s the first track!

The album goes live at 12 noon GMT on Monday 24th May, exactly two days before I turn 21. Isn’t that just marvellous!?

So, till then, I’m off to drink some tea and knit. Fuck me, I’m twee!

See you in the future,
Jimmy x